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Sightings of Butterflies in Suffolk - 2014

The Branch is always grateful for butterfly records and a recording form can be downloaded from the conservation section of this website.  We would be particularly grateful for records away from the coast and information on the following species: Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, White Letter Hairstreak, Silver-studded Blue, Wall Brown, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Grayling and Small Heath.

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Please include the date, how many of each butterfly species seen, location with an ordnance survey grid reference if possible, and your name (if you want to).
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Regular recorders are urged to use the website to inform others of interesting sightings, but please do continue to send all your records to the county recorder at the end of the season as usual.

Return completed form by November to 27, Draymans Way, Ipswich IP3 0QU or to
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Date  Butterflies seen (and other relevant information).  First Sighting of Year in Bold
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July        
21 Jul One hour walk in Black Hole TM1044 Meadow Brown 36, Gatekeeper 33, Green-veined White 20, Large White 8, Small White 4, Small Skipper 2, Comma 2, Speckled Wood 2, Peacock 8, Red Admiral 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1.  Most at grid reference in column Spoughton TM118452 Richard Perryman
21 Jul Very tatty & worn Silver-washed Fritilary on Buddelia near toilets , also Purple Hairstreak and Brown Argus (several on heath and 1 near toilets) from reserve (photos click here) RSPB Minsmere    
21 Jul 30+Silver-Washed Fritillaries and 1 White Admiral still present this afternoon.  . Pakenham Wood TL935671 Mike Morley and Adrian Richards
19 Jul High-brown Fritillary reported at Landguard.  Last seen in Suffolk in 1959 and must be a migrant given how far away current populations are. (Click here for link to photo) Landguard    
19 Jul 20+ Essex and 5+ Small Skippers Minsmere Dunes today (photos click here) Minsmere   Mark Cornish
19 Jul At least half dozen Clouded Yellows seen by the lagoons this afternoon.  The path from east Lane to the Martello tower was awash with Gatekeepers, too many to count.  Also seen were Red Admiral, Common Blue, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Meadow Brown and large numbers of whites . East Lane, Bawdsey   Kev Ling
19 Jul Area around Weston Church (TM429872) walked; poor habitat and few butterflies.  Hedges on King’s Lane and particularly on footpath NW from TM423866 much better.  Meadow Brown 100+; Gatekeeper 50+; Small Skipper 8; Large Skipper 2; Essex Skipper 12; Large White 4; Green-veined White 10; Red Admiral 3; Small Tortoiseshell 1; Peacock 3; Comma 2; Ringlet 5. Weston Church TM429872) David and Lilian Pitt
19 Jul Also visited Ellough Churchyard (TM443866) in neighbouring black hole.  Meadow Brown 15; Gatekeeper 30; Ringlet 5; Large White 2 Ellough TM443866 David and Lilian Pitt
18 Jul At least three Yellow-legged (Scarce) Tortoiseshells were present at Landguard today between 3.15pm to 4.10pm. Very active across the site. Landguard   Toby Abrehart
17 Jul White-letter Hairstreak 2 - one nectaring on bramble (photo click here) Dunwich Forest   Mark Cornish
17 July Marion saw a large butterfly out of the kitchen widow, knowing it was something different we went to investigate and found a continental Swallowtail.  (photos click here)  It was present from 16 45 to 17 30.  The location is at Pear Tree Cottage Stone Street. Crowfield TM149569 Barry & Marion Hart
17 Jul This comment is stimulated by Bill Stones search for the Scarce Tortoiseshell migrant on the 17th.  I did not read about it until Tuesday evening.  I had been away the previous week (though I did see a chalk down slope covered with flowers and butterflies).  On my return, when I looked round here over the weekend and Monday I was impressed how many Tortoiseshells, Red Admirals, Peacocks there were everywhere, especially on the buddleias which have been ignored till then.  Some of the tortoiseshells were very ragged and there were a couple of painted ladies, maybe that should have been a clue.  On Wednesday 16th I went out to inspect the tortoiseshells more closely and found about 4 or 5 at most.  They had moved on?  There must have been 30 or 40 or more previously.  Thursday and Friday there were 3 or 4.  The Red Admiral numbers are down a bit but there seems to be the same number of Peacocks.  Anybody noticed how many tortoiseshell caterpillars there are on the regrowth of nettles especially obvious here where the council has mowed the nettles along the roadsides. Theberton - Eastbridge. TM443664 Andrew Leng
17 Jul I spent the afternoon scouring the Aldeburgh area in the hope that I would find the butterfly of the moment, a Scarce Tortoiseshell.  Sadly, this was not to be but there were good numbers of butterflies seen throughout Aldeburgh and Slaughden.  Several buddleja along the allotment path were heaving with butterflies which was great to see.  Species and numbers seen were- Red Admiral (15), Painted Lady (1 very tatty individual), Peacock (22), Small Tortoiseshell (16), Gatekeeper (150+) Meadow Brown (100+), Ringlet (50+), Large Skipper (10), Comma (5), Purple Hairstreak (2), Large White (34), Green-veined White (45), Small White (18) Aldeburgh Slaughden TM459566 Bill Stone
17 Jul I would like to report that at East Lane, Bawdsey today between the carpark and the first Martello tower I managed to get this photo (click here) of a clouded yellow, our only definite sighting.  There was also lots of peacocks, meadow browns, skippers and small coppers. East Lane, Bawdsey TM358405 Robert Brown
17 Jul At the car park at Bawdsey Ferry there was also lots of peacocks, meadow browns, commas, gate keepers and a holly blue (photo click here) Bawdsey Ferry TM332381 Robert Brown
17 Jul A 2 hour walk at Southwold TM5075,  this afternoon was rewarded with the following sightings. Small/Essex Skipper 3,Large Skipper 17,Large White c20, Small White c20, Small Copper 5, Holly Blue 2, Red Admiral 9, Small Tortoiseshell 8, Peacock 1, Gatekeeper 26, Meadow Brown c70, Ringlet 1, also Cinnabar caterpillars.   . Southwold TM5075 Bill Whybrow
16 Jul Just one Clouded Yellow, (photo click here), near the lagoons at East Lane Bawdsey this afternoon also numerous Gatekeepers, 1 Common Blue, 12+  Red Admirals, 3 Grayling, 1 Painted Lady plus Meadow Browns, Peacocks, Small Heath , Small Skipper and both Small and Large White.  East Lane Bawdsey TM358405 David & Margie Carter
16 Jul On brambles by the ride running NE from the grid reference: White-letter Hairstreak 3; White Admiral 8 (photo click here); Red Admiral 8; Peacock 6; Comma 20; Gatekeeper 20+; Meadow Brown 10+; Grayling 8 (photo click here - none were seen at this location two days ago); Small Copper 1 (photo click here); Numerous Ringlets; also Large Skipper, Large and Small White. Dunwich Forest TM458719 David and Lilian Pitt
16 Jul A walk around Upper Hollesley Common (TM3347) this morning produced 50+ Graylings, 50+ Gatekeepers, 70+ Meadow Browns, 1 Ringlet, 30+ Small Coppers, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 30+ Large Whites, 2 Small Heaths, 15 Peacock and 6 Essex Skippers.  The busiest area was between the road and the corner of the airfield where we had hoped to find Silver-studded Blues.  Also a  good number of fresh Common Darters and one Silver Y. Upper Hollesley Common TM3347 Gary & Jenny Plank
15 Jul Seen during 1hr walk around a few of the field margins of Denston village between 6-7pm 15/7/2014 Painted lady 2, Gatekeeper 8, Ringlet 17, Meadow brown 26, Essex skipper 2, Small skipper 8, Large skipper 4, Tortoiseshell 10, Red admiral 1, Large white 2, Small white, 5 Marbled White 1, Green veined white 2, Peacock 1, Comma 3 Denston TL762528 Mark Ferris
15 Jul An early visit was undertaken to a site in West Suffolk where good numbers of Chalkhill Blues were found last year.  During todays visit a dozen pristine males were counted (photos click here).  No females were found but this is typical for early in the season.  Follow up surveys will be undertaken over the next few weeks.  Other species seen whilst out and about in west Suffolk were: Small, Essex and Large Skipper, Common Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Peacock, Small Heath, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Comma, Speckled Wood and White-letter Hairstreak West Suffolk   Bill Stone
15 Jul White Admiral, (photo click here) The Dales LNR, Ipswich TM154462 Jan Cawston
14 Jul After a mass migration through the Netherlands a few Yellow-legged Tortoiseshells have been seen.  One of the locations is Minsmere in Suffolk.  (They are similar to Large Tortoiseshells in appearance)  Click here for link to photo Minsmere TM470671  
14 Jul Red Admiral 1, Peacock 1, Small Tort 32, Comma 2, Green-Veined White 3, Large White 9, Ringlet 25, Gatekeeper 35+, Meadow Brown 150+ including c80 in my polytunnel! Also 7 Small Skipper, 2 Large Skipper, 1 Small Copper.  The Crockery Barn nr Ashbocking TM187549 Dan Monk
14 Jul After visiting Wolves Wood, where we saw White Admirals, Silver-washed Fritillaries and Purple Hairstreaks, Wolves Wood TM054437 Martin Peers & Paul Claridge
14 Jul we saw the following in Raydon Great Wood this afternoon:- Silver-washed Fritillary 4, White Admiral 6, Purple Hairstreak 1, Small Skipper 4, three species of whites, Red Admiral 4, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Peacock 15+,Comma 3, Gatekeeper 10+,Speckled Wood 2, Meadow Brown 30+, Ringlet 30+. Raydon Great Wood TM054406 Martin Peers & Paul Claridge
14 Jul Just a note to let you know that we has a Purple Emperor in our garden at approx 4pm-4.30pm today 14th July 2014 near Hartest IP29 4EX   It landed on my wife’s arm while she was cleaning windows and stayed on her finger for 5-10 minutes apparently using its proboscis to collect something from her hand ...  salt? moisture from a damp hand?  Attached are photos (click here) which we managed to take. Hartest TL844514 Caroline and Ivan Robinson
14 Jul Butterflies returned to the garden today Peacock 4, Small Tortoiseshell 5, Comma 1, Green-veined White 2, Large White 2, Meadow Brown 2, Holly Blue 1, and Ringlet 1 (this would have been 2 but one landed on a flower where a spider - Misumena Vatia I think - was waiting for dinner. SW Ipswich TM134428 Richard Perryman
14 Jul Wonderful view of a Purple Hairstreak on a reed by  the pond in front of Sand Martin cliff (photos click here).  We went on to the area to the left of Scott’s Hall Cottage ( where there were numerous Brown Argus, Common Blues and 2 Small Heath. Minsmere RSPB TM461672) Lilian and David Pitt
14 Jul 1 White-letter Hairstreak and 6 White Admiral on brambles on ride NE of above grid reference.   (Photo click here) by David Pitt    Dunwich Forest TM458719 David and Lilian Pitt
14 Jul Another look in there (TL8874) this lunchtime produced no sign of putative Wall but there was certain Speckled Wood  2 Peacock  2 Comma  1   Also in TL8674 was a Gatekeeper   1  Honington TL8874 Peter Lack
13 Jul Hi I visited my fathers at the weekend. postcode IP28 8LZ and saw what I think I have identified a silver washed fritillary.  It is definitely a fritillary.  I have never seen one before. Mildenhall TL715770 Paul Haylock
12 Jul Dear Suffolk BC,  We're up from Sussex visiting the area, took walks in Dunwich Forest and on the Heath yesterday Sat 12th, we were amazed to see the number of Grayling butterflies.  In Sussex you would struggle to find them, they will quite happily land on you here!  We also observed good numbers of other species:  Dunwich Forest (TM458713) – Grayling x 4 (in woodland clearings), White Admiral x 3, Red Admiral x 2, Comma x 12, Peacock x 4, Green Veined White x 20, Large Skipper x 8, Small/Essex Skipper x 10, Small Copper x 5, countless Meadow Browns, Gatekeepers and Ringlets. Dunwich Forest TM458713 Mark Davis
12 Jul Dunwich Heath (TM473682) – Grayling x 5, Red Admiral x 1, Comma x 2, Green Veined White x 5, Large Skipper x 4, Small/Essex Skipper x 6, Small Copper x 2, countless Meadow Browns and Gatekeepers.  Hope this info is useful, we will submit records for the Grayling to iRecord via the 'Butteflies' app as have grid refs and took Photos for ID.  Best wishes with the good work, Mark Davis (from East Sussex) Dunwich Heath TM473682 Mark Davis
12 Jul It was nice to see 2 early Grayling on the buddleia Minsmere TM470671 Derek Marsh
12 Jul just seen a large fritillary in a glade on the edge of rspb minsmere no expert but I assume it was a silver washed,  also many ringlets, meadow browns and gate keepers Monsmere TM470671 Robert Johnson
9 Jul I thought you might like to know that i saw loads of white admirals and a few silver washed fritillary in wolves wood. also, ringlets, meadow brown, skippers (not sure which, probably small pic for confirmation) red admirals, a peacock,  comma, small tortoiseshell and lots of common whites. pic (photo click here) is a female Large Skipper. Wolves Wood TM054437 Johnny Love.
9 Jul A casual half hour walk this lunchtime in the wind in TL8874 (another Black Hole - see Map) found - Large White several, Ringlet 1 definite + 2 more possible, Meadow Brown 2 definite, Small Tortoiseshell 1, possible Wall Brown 1, Red Admiral 1.  Last 2 were on a sheltered batch of brambles within about the only patch of woodland in the tetrad with several Large Whites..  Also a possible skipper but I could not guarantee it wasn’t a moth! Honington TL8874 Peter Lack
8 Jul Walking along the ride which runs ENE, I had excellent views of a White-letter Hairstreak on brambles at eye level about 200m from the road, in a broadly similar area to where I had seen this species in previous years.  Also at least one White Admiral.   Dunwich Forest TM458719 David Walsh
8 Jul Just to let you know that I spotted a White Admiral in Beyton (roadside) at the following ref. TL934633.  I believe the subject was transient, there being no obvious feeding plants (bramble, at least) in the vicinity.  Went spotting at Bradfield woods recently - loads of W Admirals -  didn't see a silver washed tho' Beyton TL934633 Roy Cosby
8 Jul First Small Copper of the year, also 1 White-Letter Hairstreak, 15+ Large Skipper, 3 Small Skipper, 6 Gatekeeper, 3 Green Veined-White. The Crockery Barn TM187549 Dan Monk
7 Jul A three hour walk at Alton Water started slowly but improved towards mid-day.  Ringlet 100+, Meadow Brown 40, Gatekeeper 30, Small Skipper 40 (none of the ones I could see closely were Essex Skippers), Large Skipper 4, Large White 8, Small White 8, Green-veined White 5,  Peacock 2 (maybe the new brood has not hatched as there were many seen in April), Red Admiral 1, Comma 15, Small Tortoiseshell 4, several Cinnabar Moth caterpillars, and hundreds of Six-spot Burnets (photo of 7 or 8 fighting over Self-heal flower).  Also heard a Turtle Dove at the start of the walk. Alton Water From TM136366 to TM150358 Richard Perryman
7 Jul A half hour walk at lunchtime in one of the Honington Black Hole tetrads - TL8674.  About 25 Large White, 2+ Small White, Lots Meadow Brown, 1 Comma, 2 Red Admiral, about 20 Small Tortoiseshell  (fewer than Large White but a guess!), 5 Ringlet   Numbers are very approximate (except Comma and Red Admiral!) but do show relative numbers   Will try and visit the other (TL8874) and perhaps some more in this one in the next few days.  Also doing a couple of WCBS squares for Twm. Honington TL8674 Peter Lack and Diane Ridgley
7 Jul A visit was rewarded with an abundance of Gatekeepers, Meadow Brown, Ringlets  and Comma's. Also seen Small and Large Skippers, Large and Small White, Green-veined White, Red Admiral, Peacock  and Small Tortoiseshell. RSPB Lakenheath TL719861 Bill Whybrow
7 Jul Many very worn Silver-Studded Blue, a few Brown Argus, Gatekeeper, Small Copper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown and Ringlet on the common. Blaxhall Common TM382566 Lilian Pitt
6 Jul Parked off B1106 near the archery range, walked west to John O’Groats Cottages then south along fire-route 205; 2-hour walk.  Pleased to see 1 Grayling (photo here) ; also 1 Large White, 1 Small Copper, 1 Comma on horse dung and an abundance of Ringlets, Small & Large Skippers, Gatekeepers, and Meadow Browns.  Might have seen more with more sun! King's Forest TL818734. Twm Wade
5 Jul Silver-washed fritillaries and white admirals both flying at Mellfield Wood, a little way north-west of Bradfield Woods.  Poor weather, but four SWFs and two white admirals seen during a brief sunny spell, close to the point at which the public footpath from the Hessett road enters the eastern edge of the wood.  My first gatekeeper of the year also seen there, though something had already taken a chunk out of it.  One SWF was also flying on one-and-a-half wings.  Ringlet, small skipper, meadow brown, speckled wood, green-veined white and a single red admiral also noted. Mellfield Wood TL929604 Tim Wesley
4 Jul By the entrance there were several White Admirals and a Comma on the brambles and in the reserve we saw Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Green-veined White, Brimstone, Small and Large Skipper. North Cove Reserve TM471905 Lilian Pitt
4 Jul 6 each of Silver Washed Fritillaries and White Admirals today Ramsey Wood TM066432 Mike Morley
4 Jul One Gatekeeper in our garden this evening. Kesgrave TM230452 Jenny Plank
4 Jul Thought you may like to know that we've just returned from East Lane and have seen a Clouded Yellow butterfly by the car park.  Very pleased! East Lane TM358400 Richard and Linda Mayhew
4 Jul Second brood of Holly Blue have emerged, with a single example seen during a lunchtime walk along the river. Also a sun bathing Red Admiral, very nice. Alderman Road Nature Reserve, Ipswich TM154444 Kev Ling
3 Jul For the first time ever a White Admiral in our  garden on July3rd.   Ilketshall St. Margaret TM357847 Malcolm Forbes
3 Jul A walk on the heath produced 1 Grayling, many Small Heaths, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown and Small and Large Skipper. Westleton Heath TM457690 Lilian Pitt
3 Jul 10+ Silver Washed Fritillary, 10+ White Admiral, 4 Comma, 1 Red Admiral, 50+ Ringlet, 50+ Meadow Brown, 50+ Large Skipper Pakenham Wood TL935671 Kev Ling
3 Jul 4 Male Purple Emperors together around carpark also Purple Hairstreak White Admiral and Norfolk Hawker. Theberton Woods TM421653 Adrian Richards.
3 July Pleased to report good numbers of butterflies in Bradfield Woods in a two hour visit today around midday.     25  White Admiral, 12 Silver Washed  Fritillary, including a pair mating see photo, 40  Ringlet, 10 Speckled Wood, 2 Red Admiral,  20 Meadow Brown, 1 Small White, 2 Large White, 1 Small Skipper, 4 Large Skipper, 1 Comma and 1 Small Tortoiseshell. Bradfield Woods TL932575 David & Margie Carter 
2 Jul 3 white-Letter Hairstreaks nectaring on bramble 100 metres east of library. Broomhill Park Ipswich TM155458 Adrian Richards
2 Jul 3 White-Letter Hairstreak this afternoon along southern hedgerow of meadow adjoining The Crockery Barn (private site), also in area 4 Comma, 42 Small Tortoiseshell (down from up to 80 two weeks ago), 42 Ringlet, 50 plus Meadow Brown, 5 Large Skipper, 2 Small Skipper, 5 Large White, 2 Small White, 4 Speckled Wood, 1 each Small Heath, Green-veined White, Red Admiral. The Crockery Barn, Ashbocking TM187549 Dan Monk
2 Jul I thought you might be interested in a sighting of White Letter Hairsteak from this part of the county.   6+ White Letter Hairstreak Ilketshall St Andrew TM384869. John Bedwell
2 Jul At southern end of Martlesham Heath (TM2344) this afternoon were 2 Small Tortoiseshells, 1 Small Copper, 2 Small Heath, 1 Comma, 10+ Ringlets and numerous Meadow Browns.  No sign of Silver Studded Blues in the accessible public area. Martlesham Heath TM2344 Gary Plank
2 Jul 2 Marbled Whites at Landseer Park Ipswich this afternoon plus approx 25 Ringlets and numerous Meadow Browns. Landseer Park TM177427 Mike Morley
1 Jul Late afternoon/early evening.  Only 5 white admirals along the ride that begins at the wood shed, and less than a dozen overall.  This is much lower than the counts reported on June 24 (Richard Perryman) and June 23 (M Ferris).  Have the white admirals been hit badly by the deluge last weekend?  Also seen: silver-washed fritillary (2), ringlet, meadow brown, small tortoiseshell, comma, large white, small white, large skipper, small skipper, Essex skipper. Bradfield Woods TL932575 Tim Wesley
1 Jul An hour spent in the clearing this afternoon was rewarded with sights of the following butterflies:- 8+ White Admirals, 17 Silver-washed Fritillaries, 3 Purple Hairstreaks, 1 Red Admiral, 8 Large Skippers, 2 Small Tortoiseshells, 2 Commas, 10+ Meadow Browns, 10+ Ringlets, Green-veined and Large whites.  Pakenham Wood TL935671 Martin Peers & Paul Claridge
         
June        
30 Jun A good hatch of Gatekeepers at the Ferry/Kingsfleet today Felixstowe Ferry TM325378 Will Brame
28 Jun Single Silver-washed Fritillary along track Falkenham TM293388 Will Brame
28 Jun 5 Silver Studded Blues seen at Purdis Heath. Not bad considering it was very overcast and just minutes  away from a heavy storm. Purdis Heath TM211428 Kev Ling
28 Jun A short stroll along the south end of the Tom Crisp Way this morning. I found 30-40 Ringlets. Lowestoft TM531910 Bill Whybrow
28 Jun The circular walk from Hemley Church via Kirton Creek this morning . Just 8 Small Tortoiseshells, 2 Small Whites, 2 Large Whites, 3 Essex Skippers, 10+ Small Skippers, 70+ Ringlets and countless Meadow Browns.    Kirton Creek TM2941 Jenny & Gary Plank
27 Jun A late afternoon circuit of Wolves Wood in overcast conditions produced 12 White Admiral, Ringlets  (c40), Meadow Browns (c20)  & a Large Skipper. Wolves Wood TM054437 Kev Ling
26 Jun 10+ White-letter Hairstreak nectaring on Bramble along Cavenham- Risby road approx TL768688. Cavenham TL768688 Bill Stone
26 Jun An hour or so spent at Bradfield Woods around midday produced the following : 3 Silver Washed Fritillary,(photo attached), 12 + White Admiral also Meadow Browns, Ringlets, Red Admirals, Large Skippers, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell and Speckled Wood.  Regards Bradfield Woods TL932575 David & Margie Carter
25 Jun During the RSPB Minsmere Silver-studded Blue survey, 2 Graylings were sighted in the afternoon along with other species. Westleton Heath TM457690 Twm Wade
25 Jun Meadow Brown 50+, Ringlet 40+, Red Admiral 2, Small Tortioiseshell 18, Small Copper 1, Small Skipper 10, Essex Skipper 12, Speckled Wood 1, Comma 1 Aldeburgh Railway Walk TM461583 Richard Perryman
25 Jun Ringlets and Small Skippers have now joined the ranks at Gippeswyck park, where they have allowed a vast volume of the park to become grassland habitat.  Also seen on a walk thorugh today were Large Skippers, Meadow Browns & Small Tortoiseshells. Gippeswyck Park, Ipswich TM471905 Kev Ling
24 Jun The photo (here) is of a Female Common Blue blue phase.  The field had plenty of Meadow Browns, RInglets and Tortoiseshells, 20+ Small Skipper and some Large Skippers, 2 Small Heath and one Red Admiral and one Common Blue female blue phase.  The Purging  Buckthorns had 4 Brimstone caterpillars but I guess this storm may have washed some off.  This is the first we have found them on purging they seem to prefer the Alder Buckthorn. We see the adult Brimstone cross the garden most days.    Theberton - Eastbridge TM4436866406 Andrew Leng
24 Jun 3 hours in Bradfield Woods.  Quite cool at 100.am but warm between 11.00 am and mid-day when I saw most of the butterflies.  Silver-washed Firtillary 6, White Admiral 30+, Meadow Brown 40+. Ringlet 40+, Speckled Wood 30+, Small Tortoiseshell 14, Large Skipper 3, Green-veined White 3.  Most on the four rides leading to the clearing where brambles were in the sun. Bradfield Woods TL932575 Richard Perryman
23 Jun Saw at least 10 Small Heath late afternoon on viewing platform side of burial mounds, also Small and Large Skippers (sorry not good enough to tell if any were Essex Skippers. Sutton Hoo TM287487 Ms Allard
23 Jun Female Purple Emperor on Sallow Theberton Woods TM421653  
23 Jun Essex Skippers, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small Tortoiseshell and Small Heath.  Also a Southern Hawker Dragonfly, a female Broad Bodied Chaser and a Hornet.  It is a beautiful wood. Theberton Woods TM421653 Eleanor Mitchell
23 Jun Pakenham Wood 1hr visit 7+ White admiral, 3 Silver-washed fritillary, 2 Red admiral, 2 large skipper, 4 small tortoiseshell, 2 speckled wood, 11 Meadow brown, 8+ ringlet, 2 Brimstone Pakenham Wood TL935671 M Ferris
23 Jun Bradfield wood 4hr visit 25+ white admiral, 2 silver-washed fritillary, 23+ ringlet, 20+ meadow brown, 2 Red admiral, 3 large skipper, 2 brimstone, 1 Green veined white, 11+ speckled wood, 15+ small tortoiseshell, 1 hummingbird hawk moth Bradfield wood TL932575 M Ferris
23 Jun A short visit to North Cove Nature Reserve produced 12+ White Admiral on brambles over the level crossing near the entrance to the reserve. Also noted 2 Commas, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood and numerous Meadow Brown. North Cove Nature Reserve TM471905 David Borderick
22 Jun Gatekeeper (from SBRC) Felixstowe TM3161736254 Rodger Heathwaite
22 Jun Small Tortoiseshell 61, Meadow Brown 22, Small Skipper 5, Large Skipper 1, Speckled Wood 11, Red Admiral 1, Large White 2 Great Wenham TM072382 Richard Mason
21 Jun On Purdis Heath, Ipswich this evening I spotted 4 male and 2 female silver studded blues, (photos attached). Purdis Heath TM211428 Robert Brown
21 Jun Late morning visit to Bradfield Woods. 2 Silver Washed Fritillaries (1 seen on walk from car park to wood yard and another near the Butterfly Glade). 5 White Admirals, 9 Ringlets and 4 Speckled Wood. Bradfield Woods TL932575 Mike Bacon
21 Jun Many thanks to Mike Dean also! We visited Pakenham Wood this morning and saw: 7 Silver Washed Fritillaries and 7 White Admirals in the clearing. We also saw 20+ Ringlets, 12 Large Skippers, 30+ Meadow Brown, 2 Small Tortoiseshells, 1 Red Admiral and 5 Speckled Woods. Pakenham Wood TL935671 Lilian Pitt
21 Jun This morning’s walk in glorious sunshine took us from Playford (TM2147) over the hill to Tuddenham St. Martin and back along the Fynn Valley (TM2047). In perfect conditions we were rewarded with well over 100 Small Tortoiseshells, the most prolific species. 70+ Meadow Browns, 20+ Ringlets, 10 Large Whites, 2 Commas, 20+ Small Skippers and one Small Heath. There were also good numbers of Banded Demoiselles and a few Large Red Damselflies in the Fynn.   Playford, Tuddenham St. Martin, Fynn Valley TM2147 TM2047 Gary & Jenny Plank
21 Jun Thanks to Mike Dean for news of the white admirals and silver-washed fritillaries at Pakenham.  Two white admirals and at least four Silver-washed Fritillaries in the clearing, plus 4-5 more SWFs along the southern edge of the wood early this morning (photos attached).  Also seen: red admiral, small tortoiseshell, speckled wood, large skipper, meadow brown, ringlet. Pakenham Wood TL935671 Tim Wesley
20 Jun 6 x ringlet, 6 x small tortoiseshell, 1 x large skipper, 2 x white admiral (Photos attached) Wherstead Wood TM134397 Roger Seaman
20 Jun silver studded blue (photo here) Purdis Heath TM211428 Roger Seaman
20 Jun A 1-hour walk in sunshine, parked at Slade Bottom (byway).  The biggest surprise was 1 Clouded Yellow flying strongly south. Also: 19 Ringlets, 18 Small Tortoiseshells, 17 Meadow Browns, 6 Large Skippers, 3 Small Whites, 3 Brimstone, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Speckled Wood & 1 Yellow Shield moth.  I am wanting to find Purple Hairstreak in the oak next to the byway; another time. Herringswell TL718676 Twm Wade
20 Jun In our Brettenham Garden late afternoon a Purple Hairstreak in the oak tree and Humming-bird Hawkmoth. Brettenham   David & Margie Carter
20 Jun An early afternoon visit to Bradfield Woods produced at least 10 White Admirals, (see photo), along the rides.  Also several Ringlets, Speckled Woods, Meadow Browns, 2 Large Skippers and a Red Admiral.  Bradfield Woods TL932575 David & Margie Carter
20 Jun 3 white admirals (photo here), 1 red admiral, 5 small tortoiseshells, 3 large skippers, 10+ meadow browns, 10+ ringlets, 1 comma, 5 speckled woods. Dunwich Woods TM461711 Robert Brown
20 Jun One Wall brown sunning itself on railway bridge between Saxmundham and Benhall this morning.  Unusual and unexpected location. Saxmundham TM383626 Jon Gibbs
20 Jun A single White Admiral was present feeding on the bramble flowers in the car park  of Dunwich Forest today @ 15:00) Regards  Dunwich Forest  TM461711 David Borderick
19 Jun 19th in the field Meadow browns -many. Ringlets a few, Small tortoiseshells only 4 now but I had to send the picture (here) of one in the nettles.  It was shimmering its wings like jewels.  The nettles have had the most Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell caterpillars that we can remember.  Small Heath and an Argus with unusual white markings (see the picture).  Jane remembered some discussion about the white mark in the Argus, not a very new specimen.  Also  hummingbird hawk moth in the garden Theberton. Eastbridge  TM444658 Andrew Leng 
18 Jun There was a hatch of ringlets in the garden (attached picture). Theberton. Eastbridge TM443662 Andrew Leng
  Just to encourage others,  I have attached a picture (here) of what is left of a seedling alder buckthorn that had 12+ Brimstone  caterpillars on it.  You don't need big trees to see results (though  a backup branch or two came in useful in feeding the last of the brood)  We caged it this year as the birds got them all last year.)  Maybe it does not look so good reduced for the site. Theberton. Eastbridge  TM444658 Andrew Leng
17 Jun Congratulations Bill, you beat me to the first White Admiral in Wherstead wood this year.  Paid a quick visit this afternoon and saw one White Admiral, two Red Admirals, Ringlet, Comma, 20+ Small Tortoiseshell and a Hornet Moth. Wherstead Woods TM134397 Kev Ling
17 Jun As it was the first really sunny day in many I cycled over to the wood earlier this afternoon to take a look as the season is early.  2 White Admirals in the main clearing, 2 (fresh male) Silver-washed Fritillaries, 1 in the clearing and the other on the sunny southern edge of the wood, 3/4 Ringlet, 12+ Speckled Wood (everywhere), 12+ Meadow Brown (everywhere), 4 Large Skipper, 1 Red Admiral, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Comma.  I also thought I spied the tell-tale silvery flash of a Purple Hairstreak, but only once, and as there were other butterflies feeding on honeydew in the oaks, I can't be definite on that one!   Seems we need to get out recording earlier than normal this year! Pakenham Wood TL935671 Mike Dean
17 Jun In Dobbs/Kesgrave Wood this afternoon 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Red Admiral and 6 Meadow Brown. 1 Ringlet on nearby Martlesham Heath.  Some bell heather blooming but no sign yet of Silver-studded Blues in the accessible public area. Dobbs Kesgrave Woods    Gary Plank
17 Jun Four mile walk round the Ickworth Estate.  Red Admiral 11, Small Tortioseshell 25, Peacock 2, Large Skipper 2, Ringlet 5, Meadow Brown 30, Speckled Wood 42. Ickworth TL816599 Richard Perryman
15 Jun This morning I paid a visit to Wherstead Woods, near Ipswich in the hope of some woodland butterflies.  My visit luckily coincided with a break in the clouds and the sun was able to shine through the woods.  Concentrating on sunlit bramble patches proved a positive move with a single White Admiral seen nectaring along with good numbers of Speckled Woods and Small Tortoiseshells.  Later, watching the top of some honeysuckle in the hope of a visiting White Admiral revealed a single Purple Hairstreak!  It appeared to alight from the Honeysuckle before resting on top of a mature Oak Wherstead Woods TM134397 Bill Stone
14 Jun Just to say, thanks for maintaining such a useful site.  Went to Knettishall Heath this weekend and saw the following:  White Admiral (4 sightings of at least 2 individual butterflies) Comma Red Admiral Speckled Wood (a good number) Small Tortoiseshell (many)  Great to see the White Admiral in particular. Knettihall Heath TL956806 Alan Adkins
14 Jun Another short walk produced a Meadow Brown, Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Speckled Woods and a fine fresh Red Admiral. Kesgrave Dobbs Wood TM2345 Gary Plank
13 Jun Small Skipper Landseer Park Ipswich TM1742 Matt Berry
13 Jun  I looked again this am at the Hieracium patch and there were only about 3 tortoiseshells at 8.15 and 4 at 8.50. Still a fair number of bees but not so many and such activity as yesterday. I wondered was yesterday's peak due to a migration? I forgot to mention there was a Painted Lady with them yesterday but we see the odd one around recently. Theberton- Eastbridge TM444658 Andrew Leng
12 Jun Clouded Yellow feeding on lesser buglosss.  The question is was it the same one as on the 10th in the other field?  On the subject of sightings: at 08.30 today, just as the cool morning air warmed up in the strong sun.  On an east facing field there were more than 40 Small Tortoiseshells feeding on a small composite in the Hieracium family.  It was covered with bumble bees.  By 9.30 there were less than 20 and at 11.30 I counted 20 and the number of bees had declined as well.  The butterflies were very hard to count as they hopped up and down appearing and vanishing.  It is a dry sandy field and there must be an early nectar flow.  By 2pm the field having looked yellow like a buttercup meadow has no sign of yellow as all the flowers close up tight   Also a Painted Lady. Theberton- Eastbridge TM444658 Andrew Leng
12 Jun Gippesywck Park, Ipswich:  Large Skippers on the wing at Gippeswyck Park. Three seen this afternoon. Gippesywck Park   Kev Ling
12 Jun A short walk this afternoon in Kesgrave/Dobbs Wood (TM2345) produced 1 Meadow Brown, 4 Speckled Wood, 6 Small Tortoiseshells.  And one Common Blue. Kesgrave/Dobbs Wood TM2345 Gary Plank
10 Jun Clouded Yellow feeding on a little yellow composite in field.  Also first Ringlets about as well as Meadow Brown.  In garden a Large skipper.  Brimstone, we see most days flying across the garden Theberton- Eastbridge TM444658 Andrew Leng
9 Jun Brown Argus on the upper grass car park at the Woodbridge Wyevale Garden Center.  A couple of weeks ago there were common blues there, so worth a look if you are visiting the shop Woodbridge   Andrew Leng
9 Jun I was photographing Burnet moths and another photographer who had just arrived said he’d just seen a CY but ‘lost’ it.  We stood for a few minutes and then spotted it again and it settled on the path.  He took some shots with a telephoto lens and then I tried to get closer to get something with my macro lens (photo here).  Do you think it’s part of a new influx? Alton Water   Liz Cutting
8 Jun Moor Farm Friston open garden for the Suffolk Wildlife Trust a Green Hairstreak visited the flower garden. Friston   Andrew Leng
8 Jun I had a 4-hour walk round Warren Hill Farm using byways and farm tracks (with permission).  Warm, sunny with cloud but windy.  The best surprise was 4 Meadow Browns,  I also was pleased to spot a very small Brown Argus (1).  For the rest: 34 Small Tortoiseshells, 17 Speckled Wood, 8 Brimstone, 2 Red Admiral, 2 Small White, 1 Green-veined White, 2 Cinnabar & 1 Silver-Y moths. Herringswel TL715686 Twm Wade
8 Jun River Gipping by Needham Lakes: Two Red Admirals, Small Tortoiseshell c20.  Also saw large numbers of Banded Demoiselles. Alder Carr Farm - Needham Market: A single Painted Lady Needham   Kevin Ling
7 Jun Clouded Yellow var helice Sutton Hoo   Victor Short
7 Jun I had a speculative walk around Purdis Heath, Ipswich this afternoon 7th June.  After 90 minutes searching, and about to give up and go home I spotted a male Silver-studded Blue. It stayed put for about five minutes for me to have a good, long look at it. Purdis Heath TM2142 Stuart Gough
7 Jun Silver-studded Blue on haeth at Minsmere - see Minsmere Blog here      
7 Jun "I decided to look for Wall along the Aldeburgh end of the Sailors Path. Despite not seeing a Wall I did see my first Meadow Browns of the year and enjoyed some good counts of Small Heath, Large Skipper and Common Blue. Several Red Admirals were also seen and I had hopes of a Painted Lady. However, whilst watching a Common Blue a flash of yellow flew past me and I was able to identify a Clouded Yellow (photo here) flying away from me. It eventually settled (TM438581) albeit briefly, on some Red Clover giving me time to get a record shot. It soon flew off again heading out of sight towards Hazelwood Marshes. Other butterfly species recorded were Small White, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Speckled Wood. Aldeburgh TM438581 Bill Stone
7 Jun One Wall Brown on the concrete sea defences at Hollesley Marshes on Friday morning 6th June. y. Hollesley Marshes   David & Margie Carter
6 Jun Meadow Brown Bury St Edmunds   Rob Parker
6 Jun A single White Admiral was seen on 06 June 2014 by Brian Thompson during a bird ringing session in RSPB Wolves Wood.  This is a day earlier than the exixting earliest sighting Wolves Wood   Btrian Thompson
6 Jun 6 small tortoiseshell, 2 common blue, 1 large skipper (photo) Alton Water   Roger Seaman
3 Jun Meadow Brown today at Great Barton whilst undertaking a farm survey Great Barton TL901671 Vince Lea
1 Jun I saw this Wall at Carlton Marshes SWT reserve on sunday June 1st, around 1300h.  Photo here  The weather was warm and sunny and it was sunning itself on bare patches along the southern section of the river Waveney wall section of the circular path around the reserve, about 1km south of Burgh St Peter.  It was a rather faded individual and I wasn't able to ascertain the sex.  Maybe somebody more proficient than me can do that from this rather poor record shot taken on an iPhone? I know that sightings of this species are of particular interest in Suffolk so hopefully my observation is of interest. Regards Carlton Marshes   Derek Eaton
1 Jun A morning walk today at Oulton Marsh TM5092 & TM 5093  was rewarded with, 4 Red Admirals, 2 Speckled Woods, 3 Small Whites, 8 Small Tortoiseshells, 3 Large Whites, 2 Peacocks, 1 Orange Tip and the Larva of The Drinker moth.   . Oulton Marshes   Bill Whybrow
May        
31 May Too many common blues to count along the public footpath through Deadman’s Grave SSSI at Icklingham – including a high proportion of females. Photo attached.   Deadman’s Grave (Icklingham)   TL 776 741 Tim Wesley
31 May Summary of species seen in the Shotley area today on the BC Suffolk walks. The morning walk (TM2433, 2334, 2234) enjoyed some good sunny spells but the afternoon walk (TM2335, 2336) took place with cloudy skies. Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Large White, Small White, Green- veined White, Orange-tip, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Comma, Red Admiral, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue. Shotley   Bill Stone, Suffolk Butterfly Recorder 07906 888603
30 May A visit to Carlton marshes today I recorded. 4 Small White ,1 Speckled Wood ,2  Painted Lady ,3  Peacock ,1 Common Blue ,2 Large White , 6 Small Tortoiseshell  and 1 Large Skipper. Carlton Marshes TM4991,TM5090 and TM5091 Bill Whybrow
26 May Myself and Rob Parker spent today surveying MOD land in the Suffolk Brecks for Dingy Skippers.  We were fortunate to find small numbers in a variety of suitable locations at one site and the habitat conditions look good here for the future.  We also saw our first Large Skippers (2) today along with a strong supporting cast of Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-tip, Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small Copper, Small Heath and Speckled Wood Suffolk Brecks   Bill Stone
25 May Late news, another Wall seen at Boyton Marshes near the main flash on Sunday 25th Ma Boyton Marshes   David & Margie Carter
25 May Large Skipper reported Hollesley Marshes Hollesley Marshes    
25 May Large White 7, Orange Tip 4, Peacock 1, Small Tortoiseshell 2 and Brimstone 1. North Cove near Beccles TM4690 Bill Whybrow
25 May 21 male common blue, 7 female common blue, 6 small heaths, 2 green hairstreaks, 4 small coppers, 2 small tortoiseshells, 1 peacock, 3 brown argus and a broad bordered bee hawk moth. Sizewell beach   Robert Brown
24 May Painted Lady Butterfly at Bucklesham this morning (Photo here) Bucklesham TM 243420 Chris Baines
23 May Small Heath 3, Peacock 2, Cinnabar Moth 1, and a Green-veined White with no spots (see photo).  I went to look for Walls but too windy. Sutton Hoo   Richard Perryman
20 May Brief visit before cloud rolled in.  Dingy Skipper 1 Orange Tip 9 Common Blue 5 Peacock 2 Small Heath 4 King's Forest TL825759 Rupert Kaye
20 May Male Wall 1 (flying back and forth on path near first Martello Tower north), Red Admiral 1, Peacock 1, Common Blue 2, Small Heath 1 East Lane   Richard Perryman
20 May Red Admiral 1, Speckled Wood, SW Ipswich   Richard Perryman
19 May Green hairstreak seen at Nowton Park this morning (photo here).  I help Fay Jones walk the transect route here.  As far as I know, it is the first time the green hairstreak has been recorded in the park, since it is not really the right kind of country.  It was probably a male, darting out and defending its territory near an apple tree in the horse paddock Bury St Edmunds TL867615
Martin Rogers
19 May West of B1106 to John O'Groat Cottages area.  Brimstone 4 Orange tip 15 Green Hairstreak 5 Common Blue  2 Small Copper 5 Peacock 3 Speckled Wood  2 Small Heath 12 King's Forest TM828735 Rupert Kaye
19 May Small Heath TL875754, Common Blue TL875754, Green Veined White TL871746.  Other butterflies about but it was quite windy and I could not get close. I will look again in a few days. Bardwell   Bob Dunsdon
19 May Peacock Small Brown Tortoishell Wall Brown  female Breydon South Bank   Gaius Hawes
19 May 2 Orange Tips, 4 Peacocks, 3 Large White, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Small White and 3 Small Tortoiseshells. Carlton Marsh TM5092 Bill Whybrow
18 May 3 Wall seen at Bawdsey East Lane by first Martello tower on May 18th.  Bawdsey TM358410 Bill Plumb
18 May 1 Brimstone. 4 Orange Tip. 1 Green Hairstreak. 2 Brown Argus. 2 Common Blue, 7 Small Copper, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Peacock. 8 Small Heath. Rampart's Field. West Stow TL790715 Rupert Kaye
18 May Brimstone and Small Copper N Ipswich TM156463 Paul Gilson
18 May 2 Wall Browns, Common Blue, (photos here) Small Heath, Red Admiral and Peacock seen this morning on the path opposite the new scrape. Hollesley Marsh TM377488 Roger & Kate Seaman
17 May Having just read Bill Stone’s May update, I’m pleased to say that I saw five Walls on a walk round Somerleyton last Saturday 17th May. 2 were on the south side of Somerleyton Church in OS TM4997 2 were along the edge of Somerleyton Marsh in TM4996 1 was on a bare patch of a grassy footpath in TM5096 (Blundeston parish) Somerleyton Blundeston TM4997 TM4996 TM5096 Paul Douch
17 May The first Holly Blue in our garden this year. N Ipswich TM156463 Paul Gilson
17 May A mating pair of Wall Brown butterflies (photo here) at East Lane, Bawdsey this afternoon just past the first Martello Tower.  Also 6 small copper and 2 cinnabar moths at Sutton Heath East Lane TM358407 Paul Sherman
17 May We saw 6 Common Blue, 1 Small Copper and 2 Cinnabar at Lound Lakes this afternoon. Lound Lakes TG513003 Lilian Pitt
16 May Sightings from East Lane, Bawdsey – between car park and first Martello tower – two Walls, three worn Peacocks, six Small Heaths. East Lane TM358407 Robert Brown
16 May Rampart's Field, West Stow. . 6 Brown Argus. West Stow TL790715 Rupert Kaye
15 May Today we saw our first of year Wall butterflies, 3 of them, at East Lane on and near the path near the first Martello tower after the lagoons Bawdsey TM3541 Richard and Linda Mayhew
15 May Brimstone 2. Large White 1. Small White 1. Green veined White 5. Orange Tip 51. Green Hairstreak 3. Common Blue 4. Small Copper 9,including one f.caeruleo punctata. Peacock 5. Comma 1. Speckled Wood 1. Small Heath 3. King's Forest - west to Berner's Heath TM822760 Rupert Kaye
14 May Green Hair Streak Corton Sewage Works   Gaius Hawes
14 May Dingy Skipper survey - over 60 seen plus 10 other species. Kings Forest   Bill Stone
9 May Male Wall Brown today, 09 May nectaring on hawthorn blossom at Hollesley Marshes.  4 seen by RSPB Staff on 07 May.   TM3744 Steve Goddard
9 May I finally managed a successful reconnaissance of the Kings Forest today (09 May) ahead of the BC Suffolk Dingy Skipper survey scheduled for Wednesday 14 May.  Previous visits had been washed out by rain and cold temperatures!  Despite the very strong westerly winds and occasional heavy rain shower I was able to spend time exploring the various rides for Dingy Skippers.  Thankfully, my luck was in and at least 12 Dingy Skippers (photo here) were found over two tetrads (TL8373 and TL8273).  Most were flying low to the ground and in short bursts.  When the sun came out they were more active and on one occasion a chase involving 3 butterflies was seen.  Of note, there is very little Birds-foot Trefoil in flower and those Dingy Skippers seen nectaring were on Ground Ivy, Bugle and Dandelion.  Hopefully, if the weather holds then the survey on the 14th could produce a decent count.  A good number of other species were also on the wing- Small Copper, Small Heath, Green Hairsteak, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-tip, Large White, Green-veined White and Speckled Wood - It actually became my first double figure species day count of 2014 Kings Forest TL8373 and TL8273 Bill Stone
5 May Orange Tips galore in the thick carpet of garlic mustard, that covers thewoods behind the Bobbitts Lane car park today.  At least 20 seen, with an equal ratio of male/female.  Most females I've seen in one place. Bobbitts Lane , Belstead   Kev Ling
5 May Green Hairstreak 2, Brimstone 6 (1 female), Green-veined White 2, Orange Tip 8, Peacock 8, Speckled Wood 2.  Also nests of Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell caterpillars.  Photos here.  Grid Reference is Green Hairsteak location. Alton Water TM149358 Richard Perryman
4 May My first sighting for the year of Small Heath, a singleton. Also good numbers of Small Copper. Upper Hollesley Common   Steve Goddard
4 May 6 Small White, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock and 2 male Orange tip Willingham   Bill Whybrow
4 May Good numbers of Small Copper seen (c10).  Also numorous Lattice Heath moth and a couple of Cinnabar too.  Carried on to East Lane, Bawdsey for early Wall Brown, but none seen. Sutton Heath   Kev Lin
         
April        
24 Apr I had 1 Fresh male Orange Tip, 2 Peacocks , 1 Small White, 1 Holly Blue and a Small Tortoiseshell  in my Lowestoft Garden Lowestoft   Bill Whybrow
24 Apr A fine male Brimstone and a Small White in our garden today Kesgrave TM230452 Jenny Plank
23 Apr Speckled Wood 2, Small White 4, Orange Tip 1, Green-veined White 2 and a few notes from a Nightingale Chantry Park TM136439 Richard Perryman
21 Apr Several, perhaps a dozen Small Coppers by base fence at Upper Hollesley Common Upper Hollesley Common TM340476 Robert Johnson
21 Apr Belstead Hall: At least a dozen Orange Tips seen on public FP by Belstead Hall (possible female too).  Also good numbers of Speckled Wood.   Garden (Chantry, Ipswich): My first Holly Blue of the year in the back garden. SW Ipswich TM132420 Kev Ling
20 Apr Green Hairsteak (photo here).  Just the one, in a garden in Kesgrave, sitting on a foxglove. Kesgrave TM219458 Rob Cummings
18 Apr I saw these butterflies along the River Gipping at Needham Market:   8  male orange tips 5 female orange tips 3 green veined whites 1 peacock Needham Market   Robert Brown
16 Apr Photo of Brimstone egg taken in my garden on Rhamnus bush.  I watched the female this morning but by the time I'd got the camera she had gone.  Therefore, I've attached picture of an egg.  She laid  probably about a dozen. Waldringfield TM284445 Julian Dowding
16 Apr 1 Orange Tip 3 Speckled Woods. The Churchyard, Ilketshall St. Margaret. TM350853 Bill Davis
14 Apr I saw one small copper, one speckled wood, two green veined whites, one small tortoiseshell and several peacocks this morning. Minsmere TM469668 Lilian Pitt
13 Apr We saw our first of year Speckled Wood along with numerous Peacocks, Small Tortoiseshells, Green Veined Whites and a Comma. Hemley to Kirton Creek TM291420 Linda and Richard Mayhew
13 Apr Good numbers of Orange Tips in Belstead Brook area (along stream near Belstead House) on and around the cuckooflower. Belstead Ipswich TM132420 Kev Ling
11 Apr Orange tip (8), Speckled wood (5), Comma (6), Peacock (15), Small Tortoiseshell (6), Small White (2), Green Veined White (1). Alton Water TM145362 Kev Ling
10 Apr I did a long circuit round the parish of Exning yesterday (TL6065 etc) and saw many (in order of first sighting): Orange Tip, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined White, Large White, and one each of: Comma, Holly Blue & a very small Speckled Wood.  I also saw a Kite for the first time in Exning.  Fantastic. Exning TL6065 Twm Wade
10 Apr Later - around lunchtime in rides in Mildenhall woods (TL7276), good numbers of several species other than including 4 Small Whites, 5 Speckled Woods, 5 Holly Blues, 7 Orange Tips and 2 each Small Copper & Green-veined White.  On way to this area some hedgerows appear to be almost festooned with Brown-Tail larval webs (not the Spindle Ermine micro-moth ones) Mildenhall woods TL7276 Mervyn Crawford
10 Apr In my garden yesterday in Folly Road (TL707757), 5 male Brimstones plus 2 Females, one of which was egg-laying already on my Buckthorn which is not yet in full leaf.  Several Orange tips now, both male and female, and my first Large White of the season.  Six sightings of Holly Blues, some of which may be repeat but 3 individuals confirmed.  One Speckled Wood released from my greenhouse. Mildenhall TL707757 Mervyn Crawford
10 Apr Holly Blue seen today in Ipswich, along Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich TM1844 Bill Stone
10 Apr Holly Blue seen today in Ipswich, Landseer Park TM1742 Bill Stone
10 Apr A male Orange-tip and very fresh looking Speckled Wood basking in the sunshine.  Two firsts for the year. Alderman Road Nature Reserve, Ipswich TM155444 Kevin Ling
9 Apr 3 Brimstones, several whites (including a Green Veined White and a fresh Small White) and a large number of Small Tortoiseshells.  No Orange tips seen yet.  Also of interest were two webs of Brown-tail Moth caterpillars beside the footpath, as you enter from the car park. Landseer Park, Ipswich TM176427 Kev Ling
9 Apr There were Peacocks everywhere at Alton Water this morning.  We counted at least 45.  Also Brimstone 2, Orange Tip 5 - including one very small female, Small Tortoiseshell 5, Green-veined White 1, Holly Blue 1, Comma 1.  No Green Hairstreaks but maybe too early despite the warm Spring. Alton Water TM145362 Richard Perryman
9 Apr There was a Speckled  Wood in the churchyard this morning.  Covehithe TM523818 Lilian Pitt
6 Apr My first Green-veined White in my garden at noon this morning.  It  was a tiny one. Bury St Edmunds TL8464 Rob Parker
5 Apr We saw our first Orange Tip of the year. Hemley to Kirton Creek TM291420 Linda and Richard Mayhew
5 Apr 1 Orange-tip in garden Bredfield Road Woodbridge Woodbridge TM270501 Laurence Potter
5 Apr Brimstone butterfly seen in the garden of Lavender Cottage, The Street, Easton, Suffolk IP13 0ED.  Susan Stone.  Also first sighting of an Orange tip in garden on same day and location Easton TM282586 Susan Stone
5 Apr Small Copper seen this morning at Minsmere.  Also saw small whites, orange tip, peacock and small tortoiseshell. Minsmere TM469668 Lilian Pitt
3 Apr Brimstone in my garden at Riverview Melton this pm 3rd april  I do not see many here ,perhaps one or two a year Melton TM283506 Robert Johnson
2 Apr A speckled wood was seen & photographed in the orchard at Holywells Park today by Jim Davies.  Although there were a number of butterflies around I could not stop to record them as we were very busy on our work party but thought I would let you know about this one because I knew it was early. Ipswich TM175435 Anne Cooper
1 Apr I had in my Lowestoft garden, 1 Brimstone, 2 Small whites, 2 Small Tortoiseshells 4 Peacocks and 1 Comma Lowestoft   Bill Whybrow
1 Apr I was driving about 30 minutes around Cavenham Heath area and Tuddenham, and counted 12 male Brimstone butterflies, I did not see any females.     Paul Claridge
1 Apr There was another Orange-tip in my garden this morning - a male; my first for the year.  Also a Brimstone down the road and 2 Peacocks in the garden - one flying, the other still hibernating in the wheelbarrow, which is in heavy shade. All in TL8464   TL8464 Rob Parker
1 Apr An unplanned visit to Ipswich Hospital today (late morning) gave me a bonus butterfly sighting in the form of a Painted Lady. It was seen flying over a flowering Viburnham in an open courtyard area between the clinic buildings TM192446.  Also 3+ Peacocks, 2 Small Tortoiseshells and a Small White around the hospital grounds. Ipswich TM192446 Bill Stone
1 Apr I have just spied a femail Orange Tip laying eggs on some of my honesty plants in the garden in Ixworth.  Suspect certainly not a record, but pretty early nonetheless! Ixworth   Mike Dean
March        
30 Mar 8 Small Tortoiseshells, 3 Peacocks and 5 Brimstones Oulton Marsh TM5093 Bill Whybrow
30 Mar On the footpath by the River Lark from Mildenhall to West Row. 9 Male Brimstones, too many Small Tortoiseshells to count mainly on Sallow catkins, 3 Commas, 3 Peacocks, 4 Small Whites, 1 Green-veined White and 2 male Orange tips.  Nearer to the bridge at the Judes Ferry Pub 1 Holly Blue.     Mervyn Crawford
30 Mar Today being the warmest of the year so far, brought out butterflies in numbers reminiscent of boyhood days.  Around the Eastern landing lights at USAF Mildenhall I was dubious re. a report that Speckled Woods were already about.  All I could find were a couple of day-flying Orange Underwing moths which could be mistaken for SWs at a distance.  More than 14 male Brimstones, at least 10 Small Tortoiseshells, 8 Peacocks, 4 Small Whites and 2 Commas Mildenhall   Mervyn Crawford
30 Mar This Speckled Wood (photo) landed on my kitchen window sill this morning, very much a surprise!    TM172430 Bill Stone
30 Mar Brimstone, Orange Tip Flatford  TM0733 Mark Nowers
29 Mar Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell Stutton TM153347 Mark Nowers
29 Mar Peacock Stutton  TM1535 Mark Nowers
29 Mar Peacock Stutton  TM1534 Mark Nowers
29 Mar Our first Green Veined White Hemley to Kirton Creek TM291420 Linda and Richard Mayhew
29 Mar Hope I'm not too late - I see you have April up on your website.  I saw a Speckled Wood at about midday on Saturday 29th March in my garden on Rosehill Crescent, IP3 8ER, Ipswich. It looked in mint condition and really got my heart racing! Ipswich TM176438 Mark Arbon
29 Mar I saw my first male Orange-tip today at All Saints South Elmham churchyard. South Elmham TM346819 John Harrold
29 Mar 1 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell SW Ipswich TM134427 Richard Perryman
25 Mar Small White Flatford TM0733 Mark Nowers
24 Mar Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell Canham's Wood   TM143348 Mark Nowers
20 Mar Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell Stutton  TM1334 Mark Nowers
20 Mar Peacock Stutton  TM1434 Mark Nowers
20 Mar Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Comma Canham's Wood   TM143348 Mark Nowers
20 Mar 1 Red Admiral Home Garden Bungay TM3388 Bill Davis
19 Mar A female Orange-tip (photo) was drying it's wings in my garden in Folly Road yesterday morning.  This is by eleven days the earliest I have ever seen one. (earliest on our Fight Times chart is 23 Mar) Mildenhall TL707757 Mervyn Crawford.
18 Mar Saw a Red Admiral flying as we travelled towards River Orwell   TM160402 Richard and Linda Mayhew
16 Mar Small Tortoiseshell Canham's Wood   TM143348 Mark Nowers
16 Mar 1 Small White, 1 Peacock SW Ipswich TM134427 Richard Perryman
16 Mar 1 Brimstone 2 Small Tortoiseshells - Home Garden Bungay TM3388 Bill Davis
16 Mar Brimstones galore on a walk around the fields behind the church at Icklingham.  Thirteen males in all, plus small tortoiseshell (6), peacock (4) and comma (1). Icklingham TL777728 Tim Wesley
15 Mar Saw a Green-veined White close-up today near the eastern landing lights at USAF Mildenhall,  not the earliest but still the earliest in several years for me.  Plus at least half a dozen Brimstones, all males and several Vanessids.  All four Small White pupae under the window-sill of my garden shed in Mildenhall have hatched and gone, but I have yet to see my first Small White of the season.    Mildenhall TL716762 Mervyn Crawford.
13 Mar Peacock Alton Water (dam) TM162357 Mark Nowers
13 Mar In garden Small White, Comma Sudbury TL882414 Martin Peers
13 Mar I had a Small White in my garden today along with Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock.       Bill Whybrow
13 Mar  Peacock, Small Tortoiseshel Sutton Common TM3146 Rob Parker
13 Mar Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell Upper Hollesley Common TM3348  Rob Parker
13 Mar Brimstone in our garden. Ipswich TM180440 Richard and Linda Mayhew
13 Mar We saw 1 Peacock and 2 Commas basking in the sun. Peewit Hill  Felixstowe. TM288339 Richard and Linda Mayhew
13 Mar A dozen Small Tortoiseshells.  They were all within a few feet of other at the top end of the park by junction of Hawthorn Drive/Campion Road. Gippeswyck Park, Ipswich TM150435 Kevin Ling
13 Mar 1 Small White, 1 Peacock SW Ipswich TM134427 Richard Perryman
13 Mar 1 Brimstone, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock in front garden.  Wife spotted Brimstone! Made her day to show me! Bredfield Road Woodbridge TM270501 Julie & Laurence Potter
12 Mar Comma, Small Tortoiseshell Stutton TM1434 Mark Nowers
12 Mar Brimstone, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Comma West Stow garden TL8270  Celia Jeal
12 Mar The Large Tortoiseshell was seen and photographed again in Felixstowe. Same location-along path near McDonalds. 
Is this a migrant in 2014 or one from last Autumn which hibernated?
Felixstowe TM288339  
12 Mar Several Small Tortoiseshells, couple of Commas, a male Brimstone and a Red Admiral this morning N of Bury St Edmunds   Paul Harrison
12 Mar A circular walk from Playford to Tuddenham St. Martin and back along the Fynn Valley produced 1 Large White, 4 Commas, 2 Peacocks, and at least 15 Small Tortoiseshells. The majority were feeding on a Willow Tree by the Fynn   TM205475 Jenny Plank
11 Mar My first Red Admiral here    Thurston TL9365 Trevor Goodfellow
10 Mar 1 Brimstone male flew past while I was tidying round thick ivy although this may be coincidental.  Also 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock.  This is the first Brimstone I have seen in this country.  I am a new member, joined today.  I will download and start my yearly record sheet straight away Halesworth TM385781 Derek Norris
10 Mar Large Tortoiseshell was seen today and photographed Peewit Hill at Felixstowe on a track behind the McDonalds.
See photograph at http://www.freewebs.com/suffolkbirding/march2014.htmAlso photo here
Felixstowe TM288339 Will Brame
9 Mar Brimstone Stutton TM1335 Mark Nowers
9 Mar Peacock Stutton TM1334 Mark Nowers
9 Mar Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell Stutton TM1534 Mark Nowers
9 Mar In garden: 2 Brimstones, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell Sudbury TL882414 Martin Peers
9 Mar Brimstone in the driveway to nos. 55 to 63 Kingshall Street, Rougham at 10.30am.  Alas, it didnt stop to have its photo taken! Rougham   Peter Newlands
9 Mar 15 butterflies seen this morning in Holywells Park, Ipswich- Brimstone (7), Comma (2) Peacock (3) and Small Tortoiseshell (3). Holywells Park TM175435 Bill Stone
9 Mar I had 3 Peacocks and 4 Small Tortoiseshells in my garden Lowestoft   Bill Whybrow
9 Mar At the Dell: Small White, Comma, Peacock, 2 Brimstone, 10+ Small Tortoiseshells Beccles TM41782 Julian Coleman
9 Mar 4 Peacock ,3 Small Tortoiseshell,1 Comma Bredfield Road garden Woodbridge   Laurence Potter
9 Mar Our first real spring day, and it brought out quite a few hibernators.  Between 10:30 and 11:30, with the temperature rising from 8C to 15C, we saw male Brimstones at 7 different localities - Fornham St Martin, Flempton, Lackford Lakes, SW of Lackford and both sides of Icklingham.  At the latter spot, there was also one female, and Peacocks, Small Tortoiseshells and Commas were taking advantage of the sallow catkins at 2 places.  Back at home, 2 Peacocks were flying in the garden whilst we had lunch on the patio, and a third was still in hibernation in the garage.     Rob Parker
9 Mar A wandering Brimstone in our garden this afternoon along with a Peacock and at least two Comma's. Ipswich TM156463 Paul Gilson
9 Mar One Small Tortoiseshell, enjoying the Warm Sunshine, Home Garden Bungay   Bill Davis
9 Mar 1 Peacock, 1 Brimstone, 2 Comma, 2 Small Tortoiseshell NE Ipswich TM191456 Richard Perryman
9 Mar Six/seven male Brimstones seen in Kesgrave/Dobbs Wood this morning. Kesgrave - Dobbs Wood TM236451 Jenny Plank
9 Mar The sun is out and the magic 15C has been reached. Already seen today: 4 Brimstone (male) 1 dozy Peacock 2 Small Tortoiseshells     Mike Dean
9 Mar 12 small tortoiseshells, 3 brimstones and 2 peacocks along the river Gipping between Needham Lakes car park and Hawks Mil Needham Lakes TM090553 Robert Brown
8 Mar Peacock along Ipswich Waterfront Ipswich Waterfront TM165440 Robert Brown
7 Mar First Brimstone butterfly of 2014 sighted in our garden in  this morning. A glorious warm sunny day! Withersfield, Suffolk CB9 7SG TL658482 Celia Hart
6 Mar I saw a small tortoiseshell resting on the blossom of my cherry tree in front garden     Jean Baxter
5 Mar Peacock on my weeping Kilmarnock Sallow. Great fragrant nectar source (Photo).  Also 2 Small Tortoiseshells and a Comma Waldringfield TM284445 Julian Dowding
5 Mar I saw a Peacock resting on the blossom of my cherry tree in front garden.     Jean Baxter
5 Mar 8 Small Tortoiseshelll, 1 Brimstone Landseer Park TM177427 Helen
5 Mar Saw 2 brimstone, 1 small tortoiseshell and 2 comma
1 Peacock
Holywells Park
Purdis Heath
TM175435
TM211428
Anne Cooper
5 Mar 3 Brimstone, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock and 4 Comma   A few photos attached. Holywells Park TM175435 Matt Berry
5 Mar Comma Minsmere TM469668 Richard Perryman
5 Mar Two Small Tortoiseshells. in the garden at Kesgrave and another two between Hemley Church and Kirton Creek.  Also Peacock seen near Farmhouse Pub, Kesgrave.     Gary & Jenny Plank
5 Mar I had 2 Small Tortoiseshells and 1 Peacock in the garden today Lowestoft   Bill Whybrow
5 Mar Small Tortoiseshell this morning. Stoke-by-Nayland TL988362 Ed Hutchings
4 Mar Small Tortoiseshell, 2 in a garden this morning. Scole Norfolk TM154789 Bill Whybrow
4 Mar Peacock SW Ipswich TM134427 Richard Perryman
2 Mar I saw my first butterfy of 2014 today.  A Comma was seen flying over sunlit bramble. Landseer Park, Ipswich TM175428 Bill Stone
February        
26 Feb Small Tortoiseshell East Hill, Walberswick TM480738 Mike & Susie
26 Feb The Small Tortoiseshell that has been hibernating in my garage woke up today and flew away. SW Ipswich TM134427 Richard Perryman
26 Feb Small Tortoiseshell in my garden today.     Bill Whybrow
24 Feb I was delighted to see a couple of brimstone butterflies in my garden today.  Very early but it was a warm day. Horringer TL827618 Mel Sheard
24 Feb Small Tortoiseshell Reydon TM499774 Mike & Susie
24 Feb Small Tortoiseshell Walberswick Common TM486752 Mike & Susie
24 Feb Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell in garden Woodbridge   Robert Johnson
24 Feb At 8o C, a Peacock was flying in the sun Bury St Edmunds TL836647 Rob Parker
21 Feb A Small Tortoiseshell in our garden this morning. Brettenham TL962536 David & Margie Carter
19 Feb Have seen this morning in my garden a Red Admiral (photo) and a Small Tortoiseshell.        IP33 2JA TL834636 Jim Glasscock
16 Feb Thought you may be interested to know that I just saw a Small Tortoiseshell in my garden in Stowmarket.   It settled on my ivy before disappearing into the denser greenery, probably where it has been sheltering. Best rgds  Stowmarket   Kate Dickie
4 Feb One Brimstone Gisleham TM494876 Bill Whybrow
January        
28 Jan A tatty peacock fluttered briefly around our garden just after midday before flying off over neighbouring houses. Bury St Edmunds   Tim Wesley
14 Jan Another butterfly seen today after the previous day's Red admiral, this time a Peacock. Again seen around lunchtime flying strongly in warm sunshine at Ipswich Golf Club Purdis Heath TM208432 Neil Sherman
13 Jan Peacock seen today Polstead TL992391 Ed Hutchings
13 Jan Saw a Red admiral today at Ipswich Golf Club, Purdis Heath at around 12pm. It was basking on a sunlit tree trunk - this is my first butterfly sighting for 2014 Purdis Heath TM208432 Neil Sherman
2 Jan
Peacock seen at Back Hamlet allotments  (East Ipswich) 2.01.14
  TM174440 Andy Moss
2 Jan Report of a Brimstone today at Lackford Lakes from the SWT warden   TL800705  
         

2012 Sightings      2013 Sightings

Photographs from 2014 Sightings  (all pictures are the copyright of their owners)



Red Admiral - Photo by Jim Glasscock
Brimstone
These photos by Matt Berry
Comma
Comma Small Tortoiseshell Peacock
Photo by Julian Dowding
large toryoiseshell
Large Tortoiseshell - photo courtesy of Will Brame
Orange Tip
Female Orange Tip - Photo by Mervyn Crawford
Speckled Wood
Speckled Wood - Photo by Bill Stone

Brimstone egg - Photo by Julian Dowding
Green Hairstreak
Green Hairstreak - Photo by Rob Cummings
 

Green Hairstreak - Photo by Richard Perryman

Peacock caterpillars - Photo by Richard Perryman

Small Tortoiseshell caterpillars - Photo by Richard Perryman
Dingy Skipper - Kings Forest Thetford
Dingy Skipper - Photo by Bill Stone
Wall Brown
Mating Wall - Photo by Paul Sherman
Wall
Wall - Photo by Roger Seaman
Common Blue
Common Blue - Photo by Roger Seaman

Green Hairstreak, first at Nowton Park - Photo by Martin Rogers

Green-veined White - Photo by Richard Perryman

Painted Lady - Photo by Chris Baines

Common Blues - Photo by Tim Wesley

Wall - Photo by Derek Eaton
Large Skipper
Large Skipper - Photo by Roger Seaman
Clouded Yellow Suffolk
Clouded Yellow - Photo by Bill Stone
Clouded Yellow
Clouded Yellow - photo by Liz Cutting

Brown Argus - Photo by Andrew Leng

Alder Buckthorn eaten - Photo by Andrew Leng
 
Ringlet - Photo by Andrew Leng
 
Small Tortoiseshell - Photo by Andrew Leng
 
White Admiral - Phto by David Carter
 
White Admiral - photo by Robert Brown
 
Silver-washed Fritillary - photo by Tim Wesley
 
Silver-washed Fritillary - photo by Tim Wesley
Silver-studded Blue
Silver-sudded Blue - photo by Robert Brown
Silver-studded Blue
Silver-sudded Blue - photo by Robert Brown
 
Silver-sudded Blue - photo by Robert Brown
Silver-studded Blue
Silver-sudded Blue - photo by Robert Brown
Ringlet
Ringlet - photo by Roger Seaman
Silver-studded Blue
Silver-studded Blue - photo by Roger Seaman
White Admiral Suffolk
White Admiral - photo by Roger Seaman
Common Blue Suffolk
Female Common Blue, mostly blue - Photo by Andrew Leng
Silver-washed Fritilaary Suffolk
Silver-washed Fritillary - photo by Dave & Maggie Carter

White-letter Hairstreak - photo by Bill Stone

White-letter Hairstreak - photo by Bill Stone

Silver-washed Fritillaries - photo by Dave & Maggie Carter

 Grayling - photo by Twm Wade
Six-spot Burnets - Alton Water Suffolk
Six-spot Burnets on Self-heal - photo by Richard Perryman

Female Large Skipper - photo by Johnny Love

White-letter Hairstreak - photo by David Pitt

Brown Argus - Photo by David Pitt

Purple Hairstreak - photo by David Pitt

Purple Hairstreak - photo by David Pitt

Purple Emperor - photo by Caroline and Ivan Robinson

Purple Emperor - photo by Caroline and Ivan Robinson

White Adfmiral - photo by Jan Cawston

Chalkhill Blue - photo by Bill Stone

Chalkhill Blue - photo by Bill Stone

Clouded Yellow - photo by David Carter

Grayling - photo by David Pitt

Small Copper - photo by David Pitt

White Admiral - photo by David Pitt

Clouded Yellow - photo by Robert Brown

Holly Blue - photo by Robert Brown

White-letter Hairstreak - photo by Mark Cornish

Swallowtail - photo by Barry Hart

Swallowtail - photo by Barry Hart
 

Essex Skipper - photo by Mark Cornish

Small Skipper - photo by Mark Cornish
 

Brown Argus - photo by Mark Cornish

Purple Hairstreak - photo by Mark Cornish

Silver-washed Fritillary - photo by Mark Cornish
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